Matthew 7:16 says by their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles?
Who is your association?
When I was in high school I use to hand with what I thought were good friends one of them was a prostitute. I hung with her not thinking anything of this kind of friendship and how it could harm me. Then one day I was approached by a guy who asked me what my rate was I said what are your talking about and he said aren’t you friends with that girl I said yes but that is not what I do he was very surprised and asked me why do I hang with her. It wasn’t until then I understood what my grandmother was telling me when she said I should not be her best friend.
After I got baptized people started asking me if I went to church instead or I see God in your life.
John 15:1-8 says,
5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
In order to bear fruit of Jesus you have to abide with him. This does not mean you do not talk to these people for your mission is to tell them about Christ and do not look down upon them but should they be your best friend the answer is no. It is important to know that once we are joined in Christ our association is with God. That means because you are around Christ you act like Christ and people see Christ in you. You know you can be around someone so long you look alike our goal is to be around Jesus so much that we look alike.
When your association is with God all things are possible when your association is with man everything becomes impossible for example, you say I can’t get over this situation so why try? I can’t win, that can’t possibly happen, its no use, and I am hopeless.
Something to think about
What kind of fruit are you bearing?